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S. Harshavardhana View Artworks of S. Harshavardhana Back to Artist

Born in 1958 in Delhi, S. Harshavardhana gave up a successful career as a Bio-Scientist in 1993 to pursue his passion for painting.  His father, the late master abstractionist Jagdish Swaminathan, established the artists 'Group 1890' in 1963 and came to inspire an entire future generation of artists. It seems it was only a matter of time before Vardhana would develop a gravitational pull toward the artistic environment to which he was born.

A self-taught artist, Harshavardhana’s journey towards an art career has been rather unusual as for a long time, art had been a hobby for him. He completed his pot graduation in Bio-Sciences from the Birla Institute of Science and Technology, Pilani. He also secured a Diploma in Business Management. And for many years, the artist held senior management positions in the bio-medical industry.

This self-taught artist displays his vast creative vocabulary in his heavily textured but plainly coloured canvases. Deeply influenced by tribal art and symbols, Harsha Vardhana creates abstract geometrical forms; inverted triangular structures are constructed within carefully demarcated areas of colour, which violently cut into one another – some blend in while others create obvious scars, bringing a distinctive character to the piece.

The artist has had solo exhibitions at Singapore, Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi. He has also participated in several group shows across India and abroad. S. Harsha Vardhana lives and works in New Delhi.


  Post Graduate in Bio-Sciences from Birla Institute of Science & Technology, Pilani Diploma in Business Management Has Held Senior Management positions in Bio-medical Industry


Selected Solo Exhibitions

  2014 Galerie J.Bastien Art, Brussel

  2012 'Ideations: Colour, Form, Dimension and Space', Gallery Art Alive, New Delhi

  2007-08 ‘Enduring Intimations from Far and Near’, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

  2007 ‘Seeking the Reality’, Indigo Blue Art, Singapore

  2007 ‘Lines Maketh the Web’, Aicon Gallery, New York

  2007 Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2006 ‘Acute, Obtuse and Sometimes Right’, Aicon Gallery, Palo Alto

  2000 ‘Luminous Terrain’, Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1999 ‘Sangati’, Art Inc., New Delhi

  1997 ‘Wanderings’, Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi

Selected Group Exhibitions

  2012 'Aviraam: Celebrating the Pioneer Spirit- SH Raza at 90', presented by The Raza Foundation at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  2011 'The Lost Sparrow', presented by Gallery Threshold at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  2011 'Form and Formlessness', Art Alive Gallery, Gurgaon

  2011 'Cross Currents', Art Positive, New Delhi

  2010 'Black is Beautiful', India Fine Art, Mumbai   2010 'Beyond Object hood', presented by Gandhara Art Gallery at Nandalal Bose Hall, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Kolkata

  2009-10 'On Canvas -1', Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi

  2009 'Think Small', Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi

  2009 'Moderns and More', Aicon Gallery, Palo Alto

  2009 'Divagations: Spaces of Possibility', Raza Foundation Awardees Show, Art Alive, New Delhi

  2008 'Abstract Contemporary Art', Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi

  2008 'Tales, Reflection and Constructs', ITC Windsor, Bangalore

  2007 ‘High on Art’, Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  2007 ‘Colors of Art’, Presented by Galerie Sara Arakkal and Gallery Art Resource Trust at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2006 'Drawing Show an Act of Art II', Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2006 ‘Confluence’, Aicon Gallery, New York

  2004 ‘Indian Artists for France’, New Delhi

  2004 ‘Young Contemporary Artists’, New Delhi

  2003 ‘Cultural Ties’, organized by Apparao Galleries at New Delhi and Mumbai

  2003 ‘Solitude’, New Delhi and Mumbai

  2003 ‘2D / 3D’, Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong

  2002 ‘Navarasa’, Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  2000 ‘The Millennium Masks’, Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1999 ‘Art with Heart’, Hotel Oberoi, New Delhi

  1998 ‘Veiled Spaces’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1998 ‘Multi Media’, organized by Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  1998 Organized by Arushi Arts, New Delhi

  1997 ‘Post Modern Indian Art’, Turlock, CA, USA

  1996 Lakereen Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1996 ‘The Pastel’, Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi


Joint Exhibitions

  2006 With Sheetal Gattani at Galerie Muller and Plate, Berlin

  2004 ‘Bhava – Expression’, with Manish Pushkale, Bodhi Art, Singapore


  2010 'Master’s Corner', organized by Indian Contemporary Art Journal at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; India International Art Fair, New Delhi

  2010 Annual Exhibition, Chawla Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2008 'Harvest 2008', organized by Arushi Arts at The Stainless Gallery, New Delhi

  2005 1st Biennale of Contemporary Art, Romania

  1996 Bharat Bhawan Biennale of Contemporary Indian Art, Bhopal

 1998 41st National Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

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